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A story of shared bonds and separation

Hester Jones relishes Grace and Mary by Melvyn Bragg

This book is a tender and moving account of the relationship between generations. Mary, who is suffering from vascular dementia in a nursing home in Wigton, in north-west England, is visited by her only son, John, who is retired from a successful career in London.

As Mary declines, John keeps in contact with her through music, stories, rituals, and games, and, above all, by summoning memories from her early and happy years. But this affectionate relationship is also set against that ...

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